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The Latest: Negative test needed to leave Chinese province

Jul. 27, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

BEIJING — Drivers seeking to leave eastern China’s Jiangsu province will have to show a negative coronavirus test taken in the last 48 hours or be forced to turn around, as infections in the province continue to rise. The provincial transport department said Wednesday...

Hospital morgues fill as death count climbs in Missouri

Jul. 27, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

A Springfield hospital announced Tuesday that it expanded its morgue capacity amid an increase in COVID-19 deaths, while the Kansas City mayor announced he would reinstate a mask mandate for indoor spaces. Missouri has the nation’s fourth-worst COVID-19 diagnosis rate...

LA requires city workers to get vaccinated or regular tests

Jul. 27, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles will require city employees to show proof vaccination against COVID-19 or be regularly tested, officials said Tuesday, a policy in line with a new state rule announced by the governor a day earlier. Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council...

Violent crime surges across Minnesota with record murders

Jul. 27, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Violent crime surged nearly 17% across Minnesota last year, including a record number of murders, according to data released Tuesday by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The annual Uniform Crime Report covers a year marked by unrest over the...

New mobile app to help drug addiction recovery in Montana

Jul. 27, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A mobile application will be used to help treat addiction in Montana under a new partnership between an addiction treatment provider in Billings and a private company, state officials announced Tuesday. The program called Recovery Pathways will send...

EXPLAINER: Employers have legal right to mandate COVID shots

Jul. 27, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The state of California. New York City. Hospitals and nursing homes. Colleges and universities. Employers are putting COVID-19 vaccine requirements into place and it's getting attention. But what happens if workers refuse? ...

NYC mayor: New rule creates 'positive pressure' for vaccines

Jul. 27, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mandating either COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for the virus should give vaccine-hesitant New York City employees a strong incentive to get inoculated, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. “I want to emphasize that that either-or really creates...

Florida gov opposes masks in schools as COVID cases rise

Jul. 27, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose re-election campaign is selling koozies quoting him saying, “How the hell am I going to drink a beer with a mask on?” held a private meeting Monday with doctors to oppose mask mandates in public schools. ...

Class-action suit targets LA over restrictions on RV parking

Jul. 27, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Parking restrictions imposed by the city of Los Angeles violate the civil rights of people who live in recreational vehicles because they have no other place to live, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court. The Los Angeles Times...

Closing arguments held in West Virginia lawsuit over opioids

Jul. 27, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three major U.S. drug distributors should be held responsible for sending a “tsunami" of prescription pain pills that caused a health crisis in one corner of West Virginia, an attorney for local governments said in closing arguments Tuesday in a landmark federal...